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    No, there's no real estate for a second RJ45 but there is the facility to connect an outbound CAT5.... check the hacks page of the user guide... it's on the downloads page for the product in the store.

    http://digwdf.org/store/
    Even though the DIGWDF Store has been closed for two years, it's still awesome!
    User guides, documentation and other files are still free and available for downloading.

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    Default Re: FourStick!!!

    We're restocking the store -- RenStick kits, OneStick kits, FourStick kits, ESP-RS485/DMX adapters, and more....

    EDIT: Kits are available WITH AND WITHOUT the ESP modules!
    Last edited by dirknerkle; 02-10-2018 at 11:59 AM.

    http://digwdf.org/store/
    Even though the DIGWDF Store has been closed for two years, it's still awesome!
    User guides, documentation and other files are still free and available for downloading.

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    We have ESP-01 modules now with more on the way -- and kits in stock..... while supply lasts anyway.... some of them sell like hotcakes!

    http://digwdf.org/store/
    Even though the DIGWDF Store has been closed for two years, it's still awesome!
    User guides, documentation and other files are still free and available for downloading.

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    Yes, it's true. We're likely closing down the DIGWDF Store after this year. Most of our products are for traditional lighting (AC, strings, etc.) and the market for those products is seriously waning. Big box stores are producing more and more cookie-cutter display pieces and everybody seems to believe that pixels are the answer -- apparently there's an overwhelming desire for folks to outline their roofs and leave it at that. Since there are plenty of pixel-type controllers available, and Shelby's ESPixelStick is just an outstanding controller for individual, on-the-prop display use, we have no desire to replicate those products by develping "me too" controllers. Consequently, as sales have all but dried-up for conventional DIGWDF gear, the cost of maintaining the store vs. revenue will likely be at a point where closing the store makes the best economic sense.

    Within the next couple weeks our boards will arrive for the PiNard-8, a complete standalone controller based on the Raspberry Pi Zero (or Zero-W) and the excellent Falcon player. PiNard is another "strange product from DIGWDF labs" and it provides a solid solution for those folks that want a completely standalone controller system that can provide full dimming control of AC or DC lights (using external SSRs), host sequences, audio and/or video files and play them completely autonomously -- or be connected to a larger show, if you prefer that instead. It's a pretty simple concept, really -- it's just that nobody's every put it all together on one PCB before -- at least as far as we've seen. Here's a photo of the prototype -- which encountered a little accident when an arm accidentally flicked a wire and it landed in just the wrong place...

    pinard-8_prototype.JPG

    PiNard-8 is the last invention the DIGWDF Engineers have planned. A very limited number of kits and PCBs will be available in the store sometime in September and there are no plans to reorder parts or boards for any DIGWDF products. So what's in the store by mid-September is all that's going to be there, and of course, everything is on a first-come, first-served basis until stocks are depleted or the store officially closes.

    What's to happen to the DIGWDF staff? That's a bit unknown but Grelllbbb, Hngnnorrgg and Fffllleeennnkkk are already excited about being released onto the general public (we can't keep them chained to their lab benches forever, although we know the local police would prefer that...), Monica (our receptionist) says she's found love again (but some of us think it's just a bad case of gas), Mike Mooble, our stealth field tester is looking at joining the CIA now that government acceptance standards are at an all-time low, and Dwart Farquahar, our trusty maintenance chief couldn't be more delighted as he'll no longer have to clean up the mess of drool and other crud in the DIGWDF Lab after the engineers have had another crazy-glue squirt-gun fight, and he says he'll just take his mop with him when he retires.

    Dirk is hopeful that the staff will be completely gone by the time he turns 70 next year and he can just take his boat out unencumbered by the day-to-day disasters that have happened at the Lab over the past 7 years....

    But the store has had a terrific ride and it's gratifying that there's some gear out there in the blinky-flashy world that has the DIGWDF moniker. Dirk will still be around -- it's just the store that's closing...
    Last edited by dirknerkle; 08-25-2018 at 01:01 AM.

    http://digwdf.org/store/
    Even though the DIGWDF Store has been closed for two years, it's still awesome!
    User guides, documentation and other files are still free and available for downloading.

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    Sorry to see the store go. Thank you for all you have done for the Christmas Lights Addiction community. Where will I go for my wireless extension cords now?

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    Iíve been gone for a while (packing, moving, building a house, getting ready to move in, etc) and I come back to this? Sorry to see the store go. Will the site remain? Hope so!

    Thanks for all the fun, excitement and anticipation over the years!

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    Well I sure hope you don't go anywhere for awhile ! I have not got to the animatronics portion I have be procrastinating on for a few years .

    I was counting on you and your wares for that . As you are aware this hobby robs all your time and 1 simple addition seems to take the wind out of the sails for anything else and forces you to push things off .

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    Quote Originally Posted by angus40 View Post
    .................. this hobby robs all your time and 1 simple addition seems to take the wind out of the sails for anything else and forces you to push things off .
    My old friend....you can say that again..... It's amazing how much time it takes.....I'm finding that I'm spending almost as much time keeping older stuff working or updated as new versions of material hits the market....

    I too have been thinking about animatronics some.....but I don't see as much 'help' for that area to learn how to do things and get started as you have for pixels...controllers etc...

    As for the store closing I can see the point about traditional things (dumb strings etc) diminishing in usage.... And I'm not sure but I don't think I see as much traffic or discussions on the sites either...but that might just be not having time to hang out as much.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Santacarl View Post
    And I'm not sure but I don't think I see as much traffic or discussions on the sites either...but that might just be not having time to hang out as much.....
    Yes, I think that's true, too. This used to be a place for folks to hang out while sharing electronic circuits and new electronic ideas, and sometimes some cooperative development, but that's all changed now because for the most part, people aren't inventing things. Instead, they're purchasing pre-built controllers and the only DIY part is mounting them inside a case, mounting pixels in Boscoyo strips and connecting cables. Except for Wayne's SS controllers and some SS-lookalikes, the SMD nature of electronics in general has made it more difficult to "solder your own." And ten years ago there was Vixen, and that was about it if you wanted a nice, low-cost (i.e. free) sequencer. Now, we have free, powerhouse software that rivals the finest light control software on the planet. Now, there's no reason to dig into some code and figure out how to make a parallel port drive a few strings of lights... and who's got a parallel port on their computer anyway?

    And in the big box stores -- Menard's, Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. there are lots of commercial wire frame and other stand-up props that you can pull out of a box, undo a couple twist ties from packing and bingo, it's ready to plug in.

    It just seems like there's less creativity going on, so there's less of an interest in sharing.

    Dang.

    http://digwdf.org/store/
    Even though the DIGWDF Store has been closed for two years, it's still awesome!
    User guides, documentation and other files are still free and available for downloading.

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    This thread has sparked a bit of a conversation here. The biggest question is why there aren't as many "experimenters". One answer is that we are not teaching our youth to get excited about anything that isn't "packaged". They can buy just about anything they want, so why learn how to hook this lead to this pin, and watch for that "magic smoke". As far as us old folks, there is the fact that all the "support" for doing all of this stuff is gone. I stopped at the local franchised "Radio Shack" the other day and didn't find one cabinet or rack with electronic stuff on it. All telephones, televisions, and the like. Nothing that you have to put together yourself.

    There is one place that I know of in our area that does a great business, selling old parts. Whenever I make it over there (about 40 miles), I notice the clientele. Mostly all are as old, or older, than I am. Since I'm 63 - that isn't a good sign.
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